Leo Rossi

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Leo Rossi
Born June 26, 1946
Trenton, New Jersey
Occupation Actor, producer, screenwriter

Leo Rossi (born June 26, 1946) is an American actor, writer and producer. He is known for his role as Budd in the 1981 horror film Halloween II, as Turkell from the 1990 horror sequel Maniac Cop 2, and as Detective Sam Dietz in the Relentless franchise. His other films include Heart Like a Wheel (1983), River's Edge (1986), The Accused (1988), Analyze This (1999), One Night at McCool's (2001), and 10th & Wolf (2006). Rossi also co-scripted Gotti with the film's director, Barry Levinson; Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father is a Crime film starring Al Pacino and John Travolta.[1]

Career[edit]

Rossi began his career with small roles in successful films, such as the Rick Rosenthal-directed – John Carpenter-scripted – Halloween II (1981) with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence, in which he falls victim to the suburban maniac Michael Myers.[2] Subsequent roles in Jonathan Kaplan's Heart Like a Wheel (1983) opposite Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges, Tim Hunter's River's Edge (1986) with Dennis Hopper and Keanu Reeves, and Bob Rafelson's Black Widow (1987) – also with Hopper, Theresa Russell and Debra Winger – paved the way for a starring role opposite Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis in Kaplan's The Accused (1988); Rossi delivers a chilling performance as the film's central antagonist, Cliff "Scorpion" Albrect. The Accused in turn led to Rossi winning a starring role in William Lustig's Relentless (1989), a serial killer film which co-stars Judd Nelson and Robert Loggia; however, this time Rossi plays the central protagonist – Detective Sam Deitz – a role he would reprise in three sequels.[3] Rossi followed up Relentless with Lustig's Maniac Cop 2 (1990), a horror film sequel starring Bruce Campbell and scripted by Larry Cohen.[4]

During the 1980s, Rossi was also a prominent face on TV: he made guest appearances in the police procedural Hill Street Blues (1982), a recurring role; the science fiction series Amazing Stories by Steven Spielberg (1985); the crime drama 21 Jump Street with Johnny Depp (1988); and the Vietnam War drama Tour of Duty (1989).[5]

Rossi began the 1990s with a memorable performance in the action comedy Fast Getaway (1991): the film is about a father (Rossi) and son (Corey Haim) who rob banks together until the former is caught and imprisoned, and the latter is forced to break him out; Fast Getaway has one of the highest ratings on cable TV.[6] Rossi then took a supporting role in Where the Day Takes You (1992), a drama featuring an all-star cast including Sean Astin, James LeGros, Dermot Mulroney, and Christian Slater; the film depicts the lives of teenage runaways trying to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. He played a detective in the Pamela Anderson vehicle Raw Justice (1994), a street preacher in the teen comedy Dream a Little Dream 2 (1995) starring Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, and reprised his role opposite Haim in Fast Getaway 2 (1994).[7] Rossi saw out the twentieth century with a lead role in the Harold Ramis box office comedy Analyze This (1999), in which he plays the evil cousin to Robert De Niro; other co-stars include Billy Crystal, Chazz Palminteri, and Lisa Kudrow.[8]

TV appearances during the 1990s included Murder She Wrote (1992), Frasier (1997), JAG and a recurring role in ER (TV series) (1999). He portrayed a special agent in Kaplan's adaptation of Truman Capote's psychological drama In Cold Blood (1996); the latter – a miniseries set in 1950s America – co-stars Sam Neill and Eric Roberts[9]

The 2000s saw Rossi in a variety of roles: having exhibited a natural talent for comedy in Analyze This, he took a supporting role in the Harald Zwart comedy One Night at McCool's (2001) in which he shared the screen with Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas, John Goodman, and Liv Tyler; the same year he accepted a role in the mobster thriller One Eyed King (2001) co-starring with Armand Assante, William Baldwin, Bruno Kirby, and Chazz Palminteri. Next came a supporting role in the experimental drama The Business of Fancydancing (2002) and a part in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) alongside a talented and extensive cast that includes Timothy Dalton, Brendan Fraser, Heather Locklear, and Steve Martin; Looney Tunes is a live action-animation comedy directed by Joe Dante. Rossi then both produced and starred in the thriller 10th & Wolf (2006) in which he plays an FBI Agent partnered with Brian Dennehy; the two agents attempt to infiltrate – and bring down – a Sicilian (Mafia) family business. 10th & Wolf is loosely based upon the true story of undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone aka "Donnie Brasco"; other cast members include Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, James Marsden, Brad Renfro, Giovani Ribisi, and Lesley Ann Warren.[10][11]

In TV, Rossi starred in another drama based on the life of Joseph D. Pistone: Falcone (2000); the show aired on CBS and also featured performances by Amy Carlson, Jason Gedrick, and Eric Roberts; it is based on the book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Pistone and Richard Woodley.[12] He also appeared in Judging Amy (2001) and Without a Trace (2006).[13]

Complete Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

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TV Appearances[edit]

  • Hill Street BluesDomestic Beef – Season 3, episode 2 (1982) – Jon Gennaro
  • Hill Street BluesHeat Rash – Season 3, episode 3 (1982) – Jon Gennaro
  • Hill Street BluesRain of Terror – Season 3, episode 4 (1982) – Jon Gennaro
  • T.J. HookerLady in Blue – Season 2, episode 22 (1983) – Joe Tate
  • Mike Hammer, Private EyeSatan, Cyanide and Murder – Season 1, episode 10 (1984)
  • Partners in Crime – Season 1, episodes 1–13 (1984) – Lt. Ed Vronsky
  • Cagney & LaceyVictimless Crime – Season 3, episode 3 (1984) – Moslovsky
  • ABC Afterschool SpecialsOne Too Many – Season 13, episode 7 (1985) – Mr. Jenkins
  • HunterCase X – Season 2, episode 1 (1985) – Tony Cochran
  • Steven Spielberg's Amazing StoriesMr. Magic – Season 1, episode 8 (1985) – Murray
  • Hardcastle and McCormickIn the Eye of the Beholder – Season 3, episode 20 (1986) – Marvin
  • T.J. HookerInto the Night – Season 5, episode 17 (1986) – Salvatore Martel
  • Cagney & LaceyRole Call – Season 6, episode 5 (1986) – P. R. Man
  • StingrayAnytime, Anywhere – Season 2, episode 13 (1987) – Johnny
  • CBS Summer PlayhouseReno and Yolanda – Season 1, episode 13 (1987) – Ricky Barron
  • A Year in the LifeGoodbye to All That – Season 1, episode 15 (1988) – Mel
  • The Bronx ZooCareer Day – Season 2, episode 5 (1988) – Tauber
  • Simon & SimonSimon & Simon and Associates – Season 8, episode 2 (1988) – Al Krantz
  • 21 Jump StreetSlippin' Into Darkness – Season 3, episode 2 – (1988)- Sgt. Walker
  • Tour of DutySaigon: Part 1 – Season 2, episode 1 (1989) – Jake Bridger
  • Tour of DutySaigon: Part 2 – Season 2, episode 2 (1989) – Jake Bridger
  • Murder, She WroteMurder on Madison Avenue – Season 8, episode 22 (1992) – Lieutenant Hornbeck
  • Mr. & Mrs. SmithThe Impossible Mission Episode – Season 1, episode 11 (1996) – Shelley
  • In Cold Blood (miniseries) (1996) – Agent Harold Nye
  • FrasierLiar! Liar! – Season 4, episode 10 (1997)
  • Early EditionMob Wife – Season 1, episode 13 (1997) – Frank Pirelli
  • JAGDungaree Justice – Season 4, episode 12 (1999) – Peter Reardon
  • Sons of ThunderLost & Found – Season 1, episode 4 (1999) – Anthony Cardone
  • ERHumpty Dumpty – Season 6, episode 7 (1999) – Detective Cruson
  • ERFamily Matters – Season 6, episode 10 (2000) – Detective Cruson
  • FalconePilot – Season 1, episode 1 (2000) – Noah Dietrich
  • FalconeDouble Exposure – Season 1, episode 4 (2000) – Noah Dietrich
  • FalconeBut Not Forgotten – Season 1, episode 7 (2000) – Noah Dietrich
  • FalconePaying the Piper – Season 1, episode 9 (2000) – Noah Dietrich
  • Judging AmyRights of Passage – Season 3, episode 8 (2001) – Mr. Schmeltzer
  • Without a TraceCandy – Season 5, episode 2 (2006) – Leo

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Writer[edit]

  • We're Talking Serious (1992) – Writer
  • Mafioso: The Father, the Son (2004) – Writer
  • 'Gotti' (2012) – Screenplay with Barry Levinson

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Producer[edit]

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Music Department[edit]

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Self[edit]

  • Actors Entertainment (TV series), episode ActorsE Chat with Joe Sabatino and Leo Rossi (2009)
  • Actors Reporters Interviews (TV Series), episode Exclusive Interviews with Working Actors Peter Onorati, Leo Rossi, James Quattrochi, Joe Sabatino (2009)
  • The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II (2012)

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  2. ^ The Official John Carpenter.Com [accessed] May 4, 2012
  3. ^ Rossi, Leo, Eastman-Rossi Productions.Com [accessed] May 4, 2012
  4. ^ Rossi, Leo, The Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 4, 2012
  5. ^ Rossi, Leo The Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 4, 2012
  6. ^ Rossi, Leo, Eastman-Rossi Productions.Com [accessed] May 4, 2012
  7. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  8. ^ Rossi, Leo, Eastman-Rossi Productions.Com [accessed] May 4, 2012
  9. ^ Rossi, Leo, The Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 4, 2012
  10. ^ Rossi, Leo, The Internet Movie Database Filmography [accessed] May 4, 2012
  11. ^ Rossi, Leo, Eastman-Rossi Productions.Com [accessed] May 4, 2012
  12. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 385. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  13. ^ Rossi, Leo, The Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 4, 2012
  14. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  15. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  16. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  17. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  18. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012
  19. ^ Rossi, Leo, Internet Movie Database [accessed] May 1, 2012